The Sikh Project will feature nearly 40 portraits of Sikh American men and women that explore the style and significance of the Sikh articles of faith. The exhibition, which will be free to the public, will also highlight generations of Sikh American history that embodies perseverance and progress as Americans commemorate the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. The project is a collaboration between acclaimed British photographers Amit & Naroop and the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States
Sikhs wear articles of faith (including a turban and unshorn hair) to represent equality, justice and tolerance for all. However, Sikhs have been the victims of a disproportionate amount of discrimination, harassment and violence in the years that have followed 9/11. The exhibition will provide a window into the challenges and resilience of Sikhs in modern America.
The photo subjects have broken major barriers. They include the first Sikh to receive a religious accommodation to serve in the U.S. military since the 1981 ban on visible articles of faith; the first and only Sikh turbaned women employee at the New York Times; a Sikh subway driver who, on September 11, 2001, drove a train backwards to keep passengers away from the violent chaos at Ground Zero; and many others with amazing stories.